As a result of the current Federal government funding situation, the information on this website may not be up to date or acted upon. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at www.opm.gov . Despite the lapse in appropriations, IHS will continue to provide direct clinical health care services as well as referrals for contracted services that cannot be provided through IHS clinics. For more information on how IHS is impacted, visit: HHS Contingency Plan
AI/AN Community Crisis Response Guidelines
The Community Practice Guidelines are an effort to address the importance of federal and tribal partnerships in addressing suicide behavior-related crises. These guidelines recommend responsibilities and procedures for Tribes, who receive services through Indian Health Service (IHS), in requesting assistance in suicide prevention and early/post intervention from the IHS Division of Behavioral Health (DBH).
It is the intention of the IHS that AI/AN people who are experiencing suicidal ideations, have made affirmative gestures or plans to attempt suicide, or are family members of a suicide victim, shall have access to behavioral health services in accordance with this protocol.